David Goldin
July 2008
Haystacks Calhoun
The Barefoot Hillbilly
Haystacks Calhoun was a GIANT!  Always wearing his bib overalls and trademark good-luck horseshoe hanging from a chain around his neck. Haystacks was 625 lbs and over six and a half feet tall. The barefoot hillbilly, raised on a farm in Arkansas went on to become one of the most popular wrestlers in the 1960s.

When I was a kid I saw him a few times on a grainy Black and White TV.
The other night at a party I met someone who was friends with his driver.
He told this story:
1425 lbs. of fun on wheels.
Haystacks led a nomadic life traveling for years to different wrestling gigs. His driver sat behind the wheel of the station wagon. He weighed 350 lbs. Behind him sat Mrs. Haystacks Calhoun. She weighed 450 lbs. and took up the WHOLE back seat. Haystacks himself would sit or lay in the rear of the car. One evening they drove to an " All you can Eat Buffet ".
Mmmmmm..... All you can eat Buffet!
I don't know how much the driver and the Mrs. ate, but I imagine they made a dent in the buffet.
That night Haystacks ate thirty chickens and perhaps plenty of fixins.
When the meal was over they were given the complimentary dessert - a Dixie cup with Ice Cream.
I scream, you scream, we all scream, for Ice Cream!
Haystacks asked for seconds of dessert and was told he'd have to pay for it.
So he asked for ten more chickens...   
...Haystacks got his ice cream!
Haystacks Calhoun swinging his chain.
Sulphur Bros. Fireworks
Kids enjoying the show
This last 4th 'O' July - Independence Day was a blast!
When the Sulphur Bros. light up the sky it's a real show.
Giant displays so close ashes land on you.
Ahhhh, nothing like the smell of Nepalm.
It starts with kids screaming and running wild with smoke bombs
duct taped to poles.
Quick we need more empty bottles...
Then the small arsenal goes up. Bottle rockets and small displays with reports.
Goldin and Emmett Hitz
Whoop dere it is...
Don't get him mad.
Emmet Hitz Ninja Style. He taped smoke bombs to both ends of his staff of protection.
Magnesium Sulfite... who knew?
Uh, Oh.... unpredictable Chinese Fireworks.... Stand back.
The ariel displays didn't photo so well.
It's finally  dark and everything is lit.
After the big stuff there are lots of sparklers for all the pyromaniac kids.

I did get a few jobs that I attribute to my fireworks passion.
I did the cover of the Washington Post Magazine
and some 4th 'O' July spots for the Boston Globe.

One is very disturbing...
Don't forget the Sauerkraut!
 " Put some Mustard on it Buddy! "
30,000,000 B.C.
A Nice Rock
  Yesterday I gave a friend a gift. A handful of rocks tied up in a handkerchief.
He thought I was nuts. He might be right. There's more to it than that.
I was with the family walking around a lake surrounded by mountains watching the sunset.
It was glorious. When it was time to go I thought of my friend that I would be seeing the next day.
I didn't want to show up empty handed so I grabbed a few cool rocks and we went home and got the kids to bed.
I went to the studio and began playing with these caveman building blocks.
The Tower
Always using every stone. Stack em up - it's a challenge.
Pyramid of Lost Souls
It's very meditative and these rocks feel great in my hands.
Waiting for the Fog to Clear
There's one round rock in the bunch. It's a good thing to top things off with.
Flaherty wearing Chaps
Ooh! a Key Stone!
Moribund Tabernacle
Flintstones, meet the Flintstones....
For some reason this one makes me hungry.
Circle, Triangle, Square
Last one... it's getting late. Time flies playing with these.
It might have been a strange gift but I'd rather give that than some store bought piece of garbage.
We'll see if my friend enjoys these magic rocks as much as I have. Oh, yeah... my friend is a fellow drawger.
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